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Steve Spurrier and former Redskins LB make big splash in AAF debut

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Steve Spurrier and former Redskins LB make big splash in AAF debut

Among many things, the Alliance of American Football wants to present fringe NFL players with another chance to prove they belong on a 53-man roster, and one former Redskins linebacker did just that on Saturday night. 

Terence Garvin played with the Burgundy and Gold in 2016, getting action in all 16 games, mostly as a special teamer. At that point, the Redskins had Will Compton, Mason Foster, Su'a Cravens and Martrell Spaight ahead of Garvin at inside linebacker, and despite being popular in the locker room for a goofy sense of humor, there weren't many snaps for Garvin with the defense. 

Fast forward a few seasons, and Garvin looked great in the first-ever win for the Orlando Apollos, a dominant 40-6 victory over the Atlanta Legends.

Garvin grew up in Baltimore and played his college ball at West Virginia. He also played with the Steelers, Seahawks and Niners before landing in the AAF. He logged two interceptions in the season opener, including the pick-6 above. 

Another former Redskin also returned to the football field Saturday night, only this time it was the sideline.  

Steve Spurrier found incredible success coaching on the college level at University of Florida and later at the Univeristy of South Carolina. His two-year stint coaching the Redskins is quite memorable, but not for winning.

In two years with Washington, Spurrier went 12-20 and famously called in his resignation from a golf course. Spurrier never seemed to understand that in the NFL, he needed more pass blockers than his famous Fun-N-Gun system would allow, or that Danny Wuerfel was not an NFL-caliber QB. He did deliver some tremendous one-liners though. 

'5-11, not very good," might be the definitive line of the Spurrier era in Washington. 

Well, with the Apollos, Spurrier looked all the way back. 

His offense ran an up-tempo, pass-heavy attack that posted 40 points. Spurrier called a deep pass on the first play of the game and got a touchdown on a double reverse throwback option. 

For Redskins fans, the play might bring back memories from the epic preseason game played in Osaka in 2002. 

It was one game, but it was fun.

Spurrier seemed to be in his element, and Garvin showed why he stuck around the NFL for six seasons.

If Redskins fans are looking for an AAF squad to root for, Orlando might be a good place to start. 

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Report: Redskins met with West Virginia QB Will Grier ahead of his pro day

Report: Redskins met with West Virginia QB Will Grier ahead of his pro day

Will Grier becomes another top QB draft prospect linked the Washington Redskins.

A little more than month away from the 2019 NFL Draft, the Redskins were one of several teams in attendance at Grier's pro day at West Virginia on Thursday. 

But even more than just attending his pro day, the Redskins got a one-on-one meeting with him the night prior. Head coach Jay Gruden reportedly had dinner with the 6-foot-2 passer on Wednesday. The Redskins were one of three teams that had or are scheduled to have individualized dinners, according to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. 

According to Ben Standig's latest Mock Draft, Grier is picked to be selected late in the second round going to the New England Patriots. He is the fifth QB in line to be drafted at pick No. 56.

His last season Morgantown saw Grier throw for 37 TDs and eight INTs. He did so with a 67 percent completion mark while averaging 9.7 yards per attempt.

It is nothing too out of the ordinary for a team to meet with a draft prospect. However, this is not the first QB that the Redskins are reported to be looking at. Projected top-five pick Dwayne Haskins is another pass thrower that had Washington in the crowd at his pro day

Haskins is not likely to make the fall to No. 15 in the draft, unless of course, the team trades up. Grier however? It's more than reasonable unless other teams get desperate at that position. 

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Why an aggressive move to get Dwayne Haskins is starting to feel possible for the Redskins

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Why an aggressive move to get Dwayne Haskins is starting to feel possible for the Redskins

It’s been quite the week for the Redskins and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. 

The Buckeye star, who threw for 50 touchdowns in 2018, participated in his Pro Day on Wednesday and drew quite the crowd. Coaches, GMs and executives were there from a number of NFL teams, including Jay Gruden and Bruce Allen. 

Of course they were. Haskins is arguably the best QB prospect in this class. He has prototypical size and a big arm, is accurate on his throws and doesn’t turn the ball over much. He might get drafted after Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, but there are a few teams that prefer the bigger, stronger Haskins to the diminutive Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma. 

Haskins seems unlikely to make it to the 15th pick, where the Redskins are currently slotted, but that didn’t stop Sports Illustrated from putting the quarterback to Washington in their latest mock draft. 

Beyond that, ESPN reported that Haskins is set to visit the Redskins in the coming weeks.

Add all of that up, and it’s quite obvious the Redskins have real interest in Haskins. With a quarterback situation described kindly as in flux, Washington has to draft a rookie QB. 

Case Keenum and Colt McCoy are only under contract for the 2019 season, and while Alex Smith is guaranteed money for the next two years, nobody seems to know if he can ever play again. 

And let’s be clear, while Haskins has plenty of potential, joining a team with two veteran signal callers might serve him well. He started just one year at Ohio State and still seems raw when testing defenses. He has a big arm but not much mobility, and being thrust into a situation too early could thwart his development. 

As a thrower, Haskins is elite. 

As an athlete, Haskins is not. 

He ran a slow 40-yard-dash and didn’t seem particularly agile. He does move well inside the pocket, and that has worked out just fine for a number of big-time QBs.

CBS reported that the Redskins have become enamored with Haskins and might consider moving up to draft him. Washington Senior VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams mentioned that trading up could be a possibility in the upcoming draft, and the Jets with the third pick have long been rumored as willing partners to trade down. 

Moving up to the third pick would take a lot, but keep in mind the history of the situation. 

Washington hasn’t made the playoffs for three seasons and the fans are growing increasingly frustrated. 

The last time Washington missed the playoffs three straight seasons? 2012. 

The same year they traded up to draft Robert Griffin III. 

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